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What Works for Health: Evidence for Decision-Making

What Works for Health provides communities with information to help select and implement evidence-informed policies, programs, and system changes that will improve the variety of factors that affect health. The research underlying this site is based on a model of population health that emphasizes the many factors that can make communities healthier places to live, learn, work, and play.

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In What Works for Health, project analysts assess strategies that could improve health through changes to health behaviors, social and economic factors, clinical care, and the physical environment. For each strategy, we assign an evidence rating, describe expected outcomes, implementation in Wisconsin and elsewhere, and link to helpful resources. We also assess potential reach and likely impact on disparities for each strategy.

To find a strategy that could work in your community click on a health factor (blue boxes below), search by keyword (top, left column), or search by decision maker, evidence rating, potential population reach, or impact on disparities. If you are interested in learning about a strategy but don’t find it here, let us know.

Health Outcomes
   
Mortality (length of life)
 
   
Morbidity (quality of life)
 
    Health Behaviors     Tobacco Use
 
  Diet & Exercise
 
      Alcohol & Drug Use
 
  Sexual Activity
 
  Clinical Care     Access to Care
 
      Quality of Care
 
Health Factors
  Social & Economic Factors     Education
 
    Employment
 
  Income
     
  Family & Social Support
 
  Community Safety
 
Policies and Programs
  Physical Environment     Air & Water Quality
 
      Housing & Transit
 

You can also see a summary of many of the conditions and diseases related to each health factor or a crosswalk of factors and Healthiest Wisconsin 2020 Focus Areas.